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Career Clinic - Finale

Friday, 18 December 2009

Sourced from 16th Dec 2009
The number of people at work in the economy fell by almost 9% in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2008. The Central Statistics Office said the unemployment rate climbed to 12.4% from 11.6% in the second quarter of the year. There were just over 1.92m people in employment in the third quarter, down 184,700 or 8.8% from a year earlier. The annual fall accelerated from 8.2% in the second quarter. The largest fall in employment was again in the construction sector, where the numbers in work fell by 80,800 or 34.8% over a year. There was also a big fall in employment in industry.

According to the CSO's quarterly national household survey, just under 280,000 people were unemployed in Q3, up 120,400 or 75.5% from a year earlier. The number of unemployed men surged by 86.8%, while female unemployment rose 55.3%. Adjusted for seasonal factors, the number of people unemployed rose by 13,100 between the second and third quarters of this year. The CSO figures also show a decline of 64,300, or 2.8%, in the total number of people in the labour force compared with Q3 last year. The number of non-Irish workers fell by 40,500 or 11.3% over the year to 317,500. 262,800 of these were working, while 54,700 were unemployed.

(Sourced from Irish Times, 30th October) The Irish are also the gloomiest in the EU on job prospects. In a recent survey, over two thirds felt that if they were made redundant it was not likely they would find another job.

Tom McGuinness

Tom is managing partner of McGuinness Killen Partnership Ltd (MKP), Independent Consultants and an Associate Consultant with Cavendish Management Resources (CMR), an international provider of consultancy and interim managers. He has worked as a consultant, manager and trainer for over 25 years helping organisations and people to introduce and adapt to change. Having been made redundant at one stage himself, he has helped many organisations and people deal successfully with the transition to a new life.

He has qualifications at master's degree level in Industrial Engineering and Organisational Behaviour. He previously authored a book entitled 'From Redundancy to Success' published by Blackhall in 2004 and has contributed to many other books and publications on strategy, managing and resolving conflict, redundancy, performance management and employee relations.

Career Clinic breakdown:

Week 1
On our first week we met our three Career Clinic participants, Eimear Farrell who was looking to move into PR, Martin Malone our brick layer who was looking to change career direction and Annmarie Wolohan who was aiming to re-enter work as an office manager.

Week 2
On our second week we re-visited Eimear and found out how she got on at her networking event, plus we found out some good news from her, she's managed to find a job in Geneva!

Week 3
Last week we found out how our unemployed bricklayer Martin Malone got on with our career direction expert John Fitzgerald as we try to find the best path for him to re-enter the workforce!

Week 4
Last week we caught up with our out of work office manager Annmarie Wolohan who had no formal qualifications in accounting. We set her up in a class in an IPASS course in Payroll in Plunkett College and got Annmarie back into the classroom! Just before her studio appearance, Annmarie got a job!

Week 5
Last week we got a HR expert, Aoife Coonagh, to give you the dos and don'ts of CV writing!

Week 6
This week we catch up with our unemployed bricklayer Martin as we find out how he got on doing a day's work experience gardening with Eugene Higgins!

Week 7
Martin will be getting a talk in business start-up with an expert!

Week 8 (LAST WEEK)
We will be examining the dos and don'ts of job interviews with our panel of experts, Sean Gallagher, Aoife Coonagh and James Mailley!

Week 9 (THIS WEEK)
We will do a final catch up with our career clinic participants and chatting to author Tom McGuinness about his book "The Redundancy Book"

Career Clinic Participants

Eimear Farrell from Dublin

Got a job working in Geneva in business networking for 6 months. Studied arts in Trinity, did a masters in European Studies in UCD, speaks French and Spanish. Did a lot on EU policy and human rights in Brussels followed by work with Irish Human Rights Commission which ended in Dec 2008. Did a tiny bit of work on the Lisbon Treaty. Was looking for a COMPLETE career direction change, trying to move into PR or marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit and is currently training for a triathlon.

Martin Malone from Co. Meath

Has got a few weeks work as a bricklayer, but after advice from the Career Clinic, has decided to set up his own business "Creative Gardens by Martin" Finished a building apprenticeship 9 years ago. Has been working on and off as a bricklayer since school, last job finished the 13th October. Looking to maybe get into something in computers but has no real idea what to do. Likes computers, playing guitar, likes gardening. Once went to find advice on career guidance but never really followed up on it so looking to go a step further this time.

Anne-Marie Wolohan from Dublin

Got a job working in customer service Has worked part-time or full time in offices all her life, doing accounts, office manager work and general admin. Has never liked big companies, only likes small ones, small friendly offices etc. Has been unemployed since end of 2008. Really feels her age is the barrier, she thinks maybe people don't want to hire her because of it. Honestly can't understand why she's not getting jobs, always feels interviews went well and then doesn't get them. Hasn't formally trained in accounts so feels this might be a slight factor; however we put her on the right track with a part time course in book-keeping!

The Redundancy Book by Tom McGuinness

In "The Redundancy Book - an Irish Guide to Life after Redundancy", Tom McGuinness with a team of experts brings to bear unique insights and great deal of knowledge to the redundancy experience, revealing an immense span of options and opportunities for those looking for a new career or just simply a new start. Redundancy has spared no sector or industry. People at every level have been affected.

The Redundancy Book has something to offer to everyone. It takes us on a journey through the emotional roller caster of redundancy. It gives guidance and support on your entitlements. It gives encouragement to start up again. From dealing with your former organisation to preparing for your new future, Tom and his team offer an encouraging, detailed and practical guide to help you through these demanding experiences.

These times present to everyone enormous worries. A turbulent economic climate both in Ireland and the world present to us challenges that may seem overwhelming to us. The Redundancy Book offers is a great contribution to the effort to revive our economic fortunes placing the emphasis not on distant American multinationals but squarely upon 'you' as the key to re-building your future.

Some of its contributor's include:

Brian O'Kane, managing director of Oak Tree Press. He is the author of Starting a Business in Ireland and Could You Be Your Own Boss?, both of which have their own dedicated websites.

Brian Sheehan Editor of Industrial Relations News (IRN) since 1986. IRN is a weekly subscription magazine is highly valued by employment relations professionals for its independence, reliability and insight. Brian is co-author of 'Saving the Future: How social partnership shaped Ireland's economic success'

Terry Devitt Investment Director with Harvest Financial Services, one of Ireland's leading independent financial advisory firms
Jane McNicholas (B.Sc, MSc, MIAAAC, MEAPA), a senior consultant with EAP Consultants.

Andrew McCann, the author of Know Your Rights 2009

Tom will outline his six steps on Turning Redundancy into Advantage

1. Preparing for change
. Setting realistic objectives
. Get in the right frame of mind
. List out key benefits of change

2. Developing support
. Overcoming barriers
. Change your environment

3. Managing the transition
. Set milestones
. See each milestone reached as an achievement in itself
. Success will "snowball"

4. Maintaining and building momentum
. Deal positively with crises
. Create a strong reward system
. Be patient

5. Keeping active in your search
. Join local groups
. Continue to meet friends even if just a walk
. Stay active on social networking sites
. ULAY of, a website where you can offer your services free for a short period of time to show an employer your strengths

6. Learning from the redundancy experience
. You will have found new ways of coping
. Chance to assess your career options